Tanzania has one of the largest populations of people with Albinism in the world, an estimated 170,000. Albinism is a genetically inherited disorder. Sufferers have no or little pigmentation in skin, hair and eyes.
People with Albinism have the highest risk of getting SKIN CANCER. It’s their biggest killer. The sun is extremely damaging for their skin, but they can´t afford proper sun protection products. The average life expectancy is 30 years. Normally people with Albinism have the same life expectancy as the general population.
An absurd myth claims that people with Albinism have magical powers. People with Albinism are BRUTALLY SLAUGHTERED, targeted for their legs, hands, fingers, heads and genitals. There is a sinister trade of their body parts for the use in witchcraft rituals and good luck charms, promising success and richness.
All people with Albinism are born with LOW VISION, due to the lack of pigmentation in their eyes. With no access to eye health care and affordable vision aid, such as glasses, children with Albinism are doomed to drop out of school. With no education they can´t break the chain of poverty.
Tanzania Albinism Society (TAS) is a non-profit organization established in 1978 by people with Albinism. TAS is helping to protect and empower people with Albinism in Tanzania and serves over 12,000 registered members. TAS accepted the Martin Luther King Major Drum for Justice Award in 2009.
Please visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/TASTZ for more information.
Our contact details are:
Ocean Road Cancer Institute, Luthuli St. P.O. Box 9644
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Phone +255 713 263 196
Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania